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Mr. Perry has been with AutoTrader.com since its inception has been admired by many Dealers and industry observers. The AutoTrader team announced he was leaving the Autotrader Group effective May 1.
Chip served as president and CEO of AutoTrader.com, and was the company’s first employee in 1997 when asked by Manheim to launch the corporation. Since then, AutoTrader.com has grown to become the world’s largest automotive marketplace and Chip Perry has become widely recognized as a pioneer of the online automotive industry.
Mr. Sandy Schwartz will assume the role of President of AutoTrader Group.
Sources report that Mr.Schwartz will continue reporting to Mr. Jim Hayes the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cox Enterprises. Sandy Schwartz became President of Manheim in mid 2011. Before Manheim, Mr. Schwartz served as President of Cox Media Group.
In researching Mr. Schwartz's business history we believe he joined Cox in 1985 and served in many functions including President of Cox Arizona Publishing, Executive Vice President of the Austin American-Statesman, Vice President and General Manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Executive Vice President of Cox Newspapers and Vice President of business development for Cox Enterprises.
Mr. Schwartz’s automotive experience has been limited other then working with AutoTrader. He served as President of Cox AutoTrader, comprised of both AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Publishing. He also has been on the board of AutoTrader.com for several years.
Chip Perry has done a wonderful job growing dealer relationships, sales, marketing, product development, information technology,customer service efforts and AutoTrader team member development.
On an optimistic note, we are sure that the ADM Professional Community members and AutoTrader team will welcome Sandy with an open mind towards new innovations and a perfecting of AutoTrader's proven advertising solutions.
Sadly, we will also miss Chip's presence at AutoTrader and wish him all the best.
I suspect we have not heard the last of Chip Perry. At least I hope not. There have been conflicting reports about his "retirement".
As a past employee of ATC - Chip Perry raised the bar as a CEO - responding to the little people just as he would to management. He will be missed.
Having also worked at ATc, Mr Perry was/is indeed, a visionary. And a very skilled executive.
But it also says something, when a firm doesn't even know whether its own founding CEO is 'resigning', or 'retiring' or not, initially. It says a lot, quite a lot.
We look forward to your next contribution to our industry, hurry back.